The correct tyre pressure is important for three reasons. The first reason is safety – under inflated tyres can over heat and over inflated tyres can cause poor road handling.

Secondly, underinflated tyres will cost you more money because they suffer more damage and need to be replaced more regularly than a tyre maintained at the correct pressure. If your tyres are under inflated you will also experience higher fuel costs than correct pressure tyres traveling at the same speed due to the increased rolling resistance.

And lastly, if your tyres are at the correct pressure than your vehicle will maintain its optimum fuel efficiency and therefore have lower CO2 emissions than a vehicle with incorrect tyre pressures.

tireTyre inflation and checking tyre pressures are very quick and simple procedures and ones that every motorist should do on a regular basis, around every two weeks, to ensure tyre longevity and road safety. Even if you believe your tyres aren’t losing any air, they will be losing around 2 pounds of air every month, with more air lost in warm weather. Therefore, regular checks in warm weather are needed. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to inflate your tyre, you can also watch online:

  1. Remove your tyre valve caps – it is important that you have these caps to protect your tyre valves from moisture and dirt.
  2. Attach the tyre inflator hose connector to the tyre valve.
  3. Before you start inflating your tyres you should read the current tyre pressure when your tyres are cold. Your tyre pressure will be displayed on either a magnified display on the handle of the tyre inflator, like the MK3 tyre inflator, or it will be displayed on the air supply which is very common site at fuel garages.
  4. Now you can fully inflate your tyres as specified in your car or truck’s manufacturer manual.
  5. Remember to screw your tyre valve caps on before you drive off.

According to PCL, the correct operating procedure for tyre inflation is to overinflate your tyre slightly and then deflate it down to the desired pressure. Your vehicle’s desired tyre pressure will be specified in the manufacturer’s handbook, it will also recommend suitable tyre pressures if your car is carrying additional weight.

Tyre pressures are not the only aspect of your tyres that need to be regularly checked. You also need to check or have regularly checked:

  1. Tyre thread depth – the minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across the ¾ of tread throughout the entire tyre circumference. Most manufacturers would recommend that your tyres should be replaced at 3mm tread thickness or your braking distances will be greatly affected. The PCL tyre tread depth gauge has an illegal tyre tread depth mark to help motorists to see when their tyres are no longer road worthy.
  2. Tyre condition – if your tyre has any cuts, bumps or abrasions then it needs to be inspected by a tyre specialist or you run the risk of sudden tyre failure.
  3. Uneven wearing – this is probably indicating that your car has incorrect wheel alignment. Wheel alignment can easily be knocked out of position by potholes.

Remember your tyre’s condition is your responsibility and poor tyres can result in damage to the car or a car crash. Your tyres will not just be worn down by age and use but can be damaged by emergency braking, incorrect tyre pressure and bad road surfaces so regular tyre condition and pressure checks ensure the maximum tyre longevity and fuel efficiency for your vehicle.

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What You Need To Do Immediately After Youre In An AccidentVehicle accidents can happen in a split second without any warning, no matter how cautious a driver may be. There are important steps to take to provide protection for yourself and your property at a time when nerves are wracked. Any person that is ready to get behind the wheel must be aware of the things to do after an accident.

Make Sure That Everyone Is Okay And Call For Help

Take a moment to calm down and check yourself, passengers, and the people in the other vehicle for serious injuries. Adrenaline can cause pain to go unnoticed, so always take precaution by calling an ambulance to check everyone out. Internal injuries can be difficult to detect so it may be best to wait on the paramedics before trying to move someone that is injured.

Take Photos Of Both Vehicles

Avoid problems with other drivers by turning on the emergency lights to get their attention. Depending on the circumstances, it may be in your best interest to snap a few pictures of the damage for evidence. The other driver may be cooperative and friendly, but it is always better to be safe than regretful.

Clear The Area And Wait for Police

A bad accident may make it impossible to move the vehicles to the side of the road. If you do move, check for large debris at the site that other cars may come in contact with. Notify the police if they have no already been called to the scene by someone else. Stay out of the way to allow normal traffic to get by without an issue.

Notify The Insurance Company And Lawyers

According to State Farm, one of the most important first steps is to contact the insurance company. They may find the photographs useful in moving your claim forward as quickly as possible. People can be unpredictable, which leads to instances of playing the blame game and possibly ending up in court. Never admit that an accident is your fault, discuss details, or make any type of agreement the other driver without consulting with police and the insurance company first.

Now, you’ll also want to make sure you call a lawyer as soon as possible, especially if someone was injured. You’ll want to make sure you find a reliable lawyer, like the ones at Bronson Jones & Co, who can help you navigate the tricky world of the law and get the money you deserve. A lot of lawyers specialize only in accident law, so there are plenty of available options out there.

Being in a car accident can be very upsetting, however, there are reasons to make sure that you stay protected. Safety is the most important thing to make certain of, but do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle without a clear understanding of how to conduct yourself immediately after a collision occurs.

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